First Lady Michelle Obama: Please Do Not Appear on the Biggest Loser and Instead Engage with the Advocacy Communities Specializing in Weight Stigma
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First Lady of the United States
Michelle Obama

First Lady Michelle Obama: Please Do Not Appear on the Biggest Loser and Instead Engage with the Advocacy Communities Specializing in Weight Stigma

    1. Petition by

      BingeBehavior.com

First Lady Michelle Obama is scheduled to be a featured guest on the show the Biggest Loser in November 2013.  She is presumably using the show as a vehicle to promote the Drink More Water campaign in an effort to fight childhood obesity.  

While it is admirable to promote the enjoyment of movement amoung people of all ages, the Biggest Loser is a platform that is inappropriate for this message.  Due to the bullying, fat shaming, and mental, emotional and physical harm this show engages in, the appearance of the First Lady would be an implicit sanctioning of weight stigma and perpetuation of social injustice.

There is an enormous amount of support to be gained by allowing the vocal community of weight stigma advocates, eating disorders organizations, researchers and treatment professionals to help refine the Let's Move message in order to remove the dangerous, unintended aspects of the campaign and possibly promote the program.  

Please help us to encourage the First Lady to utilize the compassionate and powerful community support of these professionals rather than the sensationalized, harmful platform of entertainment oriented shaming.

To:
Michelle Obama, First Lady of the United States
Please Do Not Appear on the Biggest Loser Television Show

Sincerely,
[Your name]

Recent signatures

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    1. Mixed Results

      On behalf of myself and Chevese Turner of the Binge Eating Disorder Association (BEDA), I’d like to thank you all for your support and lighting fast response surrounding the First Lady and her appearance on the Biggest Loser. We found out during our meeting at the White House that, even with our speed and our voices, we were not successful in stopping her appearance. The show was filmed months ago and aired Tues, 11/12.

      That said, we spent a good deal of time with the Director of the Let’s Move! campaign discussing the reasons why this community is so against the appearance and other options that would be more appropriate to further the Drink Up! and Let’s Move! messages in the future.

      We got there too late for this season but you can bet that next season they will make a fully informed decision!

      To follow the progress we are making with the White House regarding Weight Stigma, please Like the FB page of BingeBehavior.com or follow BingeBehavior on Twitter.

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    2. Tomorrow is TBL on NBC at 8/7C - LETS MAKE OUR VOICES HEARD!

      PLEASE DON’T STOP THE HEAT! Tomorrow is TBL night and with all of the tools we’ve gathered, we can make a serious impact on social media. Please use #BiggestLoser in all of your posts and if you’d like to mention the first lady or direct the message to the show itself, please use @FLOTUS @BiggestLoserNBC Spread this info to your address book, your followers and your membership! LET’S MAKE AN UNMISTAKABLE NOISE!!!!!

      Let’s see if we can make #BiggestLoser a trending hashtag tomorrow – and if so, make a screen-shot! We’ll use THAT as PR too!

    3. Reached 3,000 signatures
    4. Call the First Lady - Here's Your Message

      Let the First Lady know that this petition is supported with a sign-on letter from advocates within the eating disorders, medical and mental health professions. Ask her to please reconsider her appearance and to study the contents of the package she receives from BingeBehavior.com and the Binge Eating Disorder Association. The comments line is - 202-456-1111.

      The letter goes out tomorrow with your comments and petition signatures included. Thank you all for your support!

      TWEET: RETWEET IF YOU AGREE @FLOTUS Raising my voice & asking others DO NOT APPEAR ON @BiggestLoserNBC. It is harmful & unhealthy entertainment.

    5. Reached 2,500 signatures
    6. We're Making Progress but We Still Need Your Help!

      Please, help us spread the word that our First Lady is making an incredibly bad decision - one that will harm not only her Let's Move and Drink More Water campaigns, but one that does actual harm to the people she is trying to support. We need to make an impact and to do that WE NEED MORE SIGNATURES! Please, help us to spread the message that PARTICIPATING IN THE BIGGEST LOSER IS PROMOTING WEIGHT BASED BULLYING AND THAT'S NOT OK!

    7. Reached 1,500 signatures

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    • Sarah Lyall CHRISTIANSBURG, VA
      • 12 months ago

      I do not believe that the biggest loser shows a healthy way to lose weight. I also believe the contestants are treated in a demeaning way.

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    • Beth McMurray BIRMINGHAM, AL
      • 12 months ago

      As an eating disorder specialist, I have seen children as young as 8 starving themselves as a direct result of the First Lady's "War" on Obesity. Great idea, but in the schools, something has been terribly lost in translation. Little children driven to exercise, throwing up their food. Punishing exercise and diet competitions (really?) like this frightening reality show...to what end? Please, Mrs. Obama, do not support this show that has only served to help created and support eating disorders.

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    • Mackenzie Jones PASADENA, MD
      • 12 months ago

      We love the work you are doing to improve the health of our country, but this is not the way to do it! Please don't go on this show again! By doing so you are openly supporting weight discrimination and unhealthy weight loss!

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    • Katelin Hornaday FAYETTEVILLE, AR
      • 12 months ago

      As a recovered anorexic and binge eater, I strongly support all causes that seek to remove negative body image, fat-shaming and anti-obesity messages in the media and promote positive messages of healthy living for all individuals.

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    • Lyssa Menard CHICAGO, IL
      • 12 months ago

      Please, please don't send this message to millions of people. If you appear on "The Biggest Loser" you endorse their insane, extreme measures, and contribute to the disappointment, shame, and humiliation of every overweight person.

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